'Big Brother,' repeats seal victory for network
Without Fox having the benefit of preseason football, CBS took home a weak Thursday in which every program, with the exception of “Big Brother,” was in repeats and only three earned more than 2.0 rating.The Eye’s two hours of procedural dramas — “The Mentalist” (2.5 rating/7 share in the 18-49 demo, 10 million viewers) and “CSI” (2.3/7, 9.5m) — were second and third, respectively, for the night behind reality hit “Big Brother” (2.7/9, 8.6m). Fox offered “Bones” (1.8/6, 5.8m) and “Fringe” (1.6/5, 5.8m), the latter being a “Tweet-peat” episode in which certain members of the cast interacted with fans and “tweeted” during the show, offering viewers their thoughts of the episode. NBC’s 8-10 p.m. sitcoms, in addition to “Law and Order,” were good enough to land the Peacock in third place, just behind Fox. Both Fox and NBC will launch fresh Thursday episodes of existing series and premiere new skeins on Sept. 17. CBS and ABC begin a week later. Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.5/8; Fox, 1.7/5; NBC, 1.6/5; ABC, 1.3/4; Univision, 1.2/4; CW, 0.6/2. In total viewers: CBS, 9.3 million; Fox, 5.3 million; NBC, 4.8 million; ABC, 4.4 million; Univision, 3.2 million; CW, 1.6 million.